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iPhone 6s water damage

hi, my iPhone 6s went swimming, for a little while. Once out of the water it got hot and did not switched on any more. I replaced the batter, now it turns on, i see the apple logo while booting, but after few seconds it restarts.

I have been able to put it into DFU mode, but the mac/iTunes does not recognize it.

what can be damaged? logic board? is it worts trying to repairing?




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How long ago did it take a swim? I would suggest taking it to a repair shop that can ultrasonic it, or at least identify friend components and go from there.


several minutes. unfortunately there is no good repair shop close to me, so i'm on my own. trying now the alcohol strategy, some for the logic board and some for me :-). curious to see who get better quicker.


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Whatever you do, don't put in rice...please.

  • Open your phone and remove the logic board (follow this guide)
  • Inspect the logic board, especially around the connectors and look for corrosion.
  • Inspect both sides of the board. Unfortunately, 80% of the board is covered in shields. That's usually where the damage is occurring.
  • Put your board in a container with >90% isopropyl alcohol and let it sit for a while.
  • Use a soft brush, like a toothbrush and lightly brush away any corrosion you see.
  • Rinse in alcohol and repeat.
  • Let it air dry for a day.
  • Re-assemble and hope for the best.

A professional repair shop that does water damage repair may be able to recover your phone or the data because they have access to pro-level ultrasonic baths and specialized cleaners as well as the skills to troubleshoot your board. I offer this service but you will have to mail it out.

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@refectio , Unfortunately, 80% of the board is covered in shields, is this something a novice should try removing and how to remove. Thanks.


Hi @lpfaff1, good point...although I don't actually encourage people to remove the shields, unless it is clear they have the skills, in my answer (I just read it again to be certain ;>).

My point is to have them remove the board, soak it in IPA to displace as much water as possible and brush away any visible corrosion. If it doesn't work after that, they really should be seeking a professional cleanup and repair.

I might change my wording. This is a cut and paste after all seeing as how it is a regular question.


@refectio , thanks for the reply, I my self have not had to try removing soldered shields on devices and thought in doing so could really mess things up when heating, looks like some skill and better equipment may be needed. Thanks again.


Sorry @lpfaff1 , I misunderstood your comment. I thought you were referring to the OP and whether or not I should be recommending that course of action. I don't because I fear someone will take a heat gun to the board and melt everything down.

As for yourself, if you have a hot air station and even a modicum of experience, then by all means try to remove the shields.

Use a holder and set your station at 360-380C. Apply the air stream to the perimeter of the shield and use tweezers to apply a gentle upward pressure. Be careful not to lift components and only apply as much heat as you need.

Some shields have ribs in the middle and are a bit harder to remove. I use an iron to re-solder them on. Just tack a few spots and use flux.


@refectio , Again thanks for all the info. I do not have hot air station yet, I am only a novice compared to you pro's at this time. Accumulating knowledge for future projects and experimentation, I do use junk devices when experimenting and try to improve skill before moving up. Have a good evening.


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